ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque gym that just offered a deal on memberships has closed its doors without any warning. The door was locked with a notice ordering the gym owner to pack up and move.
Many members at Evolv Fitness of NM said they were just there last week and the notice on the door is the first they heard of the place closing.
“We just showed up and everything was closed,” said Marc Ghattas, a member at Evolv Fitness.
Ghattas and dozens of others got there this week ready to work out, only to turn right back after seeing a sign reading, “Sorry, we’re closed.”
The doors are locked and the place is empty.
“No email. Nothing,” Ghattas said. “I tried to reach out to one of the instructors, but I never got a response back.”
Ghattas said his wife just paid $150 on Monday for three months at Evolv fitness near Paseo and I-25, and she’s not the only one.
People are writing on Facebook with the same concerns, asking about a refund.
Online people can still pay $400 for an annual membership at Evolv even though all the classes are cancelled indefinitely.
“Tell me this is an April Fool’s joke,” someone posted on Facebook.
Gym-goers KRQE News 13 spoke with don’t find this funny.
KRQE called owner Curt Chavez. He refused to talk on Wednesday.
The property owners said Chavez had been having trouble paying the rent for the last two years.
“We had them in court in October. We came up with a new rent strategy. That failed,” said Kelly Mains. “They were in default again, over $60,000.”
She said Chavez knew at the beginning of the month that he would be evicted.
The official notice was filed in court last week on Wed., March 25. The next day, Evolv advertised a deal to encourage people to buy annual memberships.
Customers are confused.
“There are lines to get into classes,” Ghattas said. “There are waiting lists to get into classes, so there is a concern. What happens to the money that we paid for our memberships? If they didn’t go to the rent. Where did they go?”
The gym’s Facebook page said it was a brutal year because of Paseo construction and a battle with the landlord.
It said Evolv will be back within the next few weeks under new ownership at a nearby location and that all memberships will be honored and extended.